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 (dā-kärt′), René 1596-1650.
French mathematician, philosopher, and scientist who is considered the father of analytic geometry and the founder of modern rationalism. His main works, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) and Principles of Philosophy (1644), include the famous dictum "I think, therefore I am."
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Descartes

(ˈdeɪˌkɑːt; French dekart)
n
(Biography) René (rəne). 1596–1650, French philosopher and mathematician. He provided a mechanistic basis for the philosophical theory of dualism and is regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. He also founded analytical geometry and contributed greatly to the science of optics. His works include Discours de la méthode (1637), Meditationes de Prima Philosophia (1641), and Principia Philosophiae (1644)
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Des•cartes

(deɪˈkɑrt)

n.
René, 1596–1650, French philosopher and mathematician.
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Noun1.Descartes - French philosopher and mathematicianDescartes - French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions (1596-1650)
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From the time of Descartes to Hume and Kant it has had little or nothing to do with facts of science.
Not very different from Descartes in his relation to ancient philosophy is his successor Spinoza, who lived in the following generation.
I then desired the governor to call up Descartes and Gassendi, with whom I prevailed to explain their systems to Aristotle.
The crooked atoms of Descartes triumphed; to the man without compassion was united a woman without heart.
"Philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant?"
The followers of Descartes held that mind and matter are so different as to make any action of the one on the other impossible.
Relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum -- whereby he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence.
Every one, from the highest to the lowest degree, has his place on the social ladder, and is beset by stormy passions and conflicting interests, as in Descartes' theory of pressure and impulsion.
(86.) Marshall, J.: Descartes's Moral Theory, London: Cornell University Press, 1998, p.13
Our starting point is the role of thinking as laid out by Descartes. Descartes' conception of philosophy as a thought system points to the acquisition of virtue through knowledge of truth, by cultivating measure, and thus highlighting man as a thinking being.